Press Releases

10.30.06

27 Senators To Ask White House To Reconsider Position On Spr In Light Of Opec Plan To Cut Production

With OPEC deciding on Wednesday to move forward with its plan to cut oil production by 1 million barrels a day, a group of US Senators led by Charles Schumer is urging the White House to reconsider its position to keep filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR). The letter was signed by Senators Schumer, Mikulski, Stabenow, Dodd, Corzine, Boxer, Kennedy, Pryor, Leahy, Wyden, Reid, Edwards, Reed, Kohl, Rockefeller, Harkin, Dayton, Jeffords, Levin, Lieberman, Feinstein, Feingold, Clinton and L… Continue Reading


10.30.06

New Schumer Analysis: Proposed Federal Budget In Special Ed Shortchanges Mohawk Valley Schools By $14.9 Million

With New York State education funds mired in uncertainty, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for the federal government to deliver on its commitment to fully fund its education budget for the Mohawk Valley. Schumer today released a new analysis showing that under the Administration's proposed federal budget, schools in Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties would be shortchanged approximately $14.9 million for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that funds special e… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer Statement On Return Of Robin Valentin Accused In 2001 Slaying Of Livery Cab Driver Jose Gutierrez To Ny Today

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today praised the City, County, and Federal law enforcement officers who helped capture Robin Valent�n who was one of the NYPD's Most Wanted Criminals for allegedly murdering Jos� Guti�rrez, an auxiliary police officer in the 44th Precinct in The Bronx, in August 2001 and delivered him to back to New York today. Valent�n fled to the Dominican Republic shortly after the killing and was captured in Belgium in November. At Schumer's urging, the US Marsh… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer Presses Principi On Delay In Canandaigua Va Hospital Decision

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today pressed VA Secretary Anthony Principi about his unexpected delay in announcing the fate of the Canandaigua VA hospital. Principi, who was expected to decide earlier this month whether to approve a plan to keep the hospital open and move 50 psychiatric beds to the Batavia and/or Buffalo VA facilities, assured Schumer last night that the delay does not indicate a change in the plan to keep the facility open and said a final announcement was likely to come within… Continue Reading


10.30.06

New Schumer Analysis: Proposed Federal Budget In Special Ed Shortchanges Rochester/Finger Lakes Schools By $50.2 Million

Schumer: With New York State education money already in doubt, feds must come through with money it promised schools in Rochester/Finger Lakes area; New bipartisan plan would restore full funding for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) With New York State education funds mired in uncertainty, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for the federal government to deliver on its commitment to fully fund its education budget for the Rochester/Finger Lakes area. Schumer today releas… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer: New Stats Show Crystal Meth Quickly Becoming The New Crack Seizures In New York Up 31% Over Last Year

As methamphetamine use begins to skyrocket in New York, US Senator Charles E. Schumer was joined by the Special Agent in Charge of the US Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) New York Field Division, Anthony P. Placido, at DEA headquarters today to unveil a new plan to nip the problem in the bud and prevent a repeat of 1980sera mistakes that missed the early warning signs of the crack epidemic. Schumer's plan would sharply increase penalties for dealing the drug to make them equival… Continue Reading


10.30.06

28 Senators: President Should Pressure Opec To Boost Oil Supply At Crucial Wed. Meeting

The letter was signed by Senators Olympia Snowe, Charles Schumer, Barbara Mikulski, Ted Kennedy, Joseph Lieberman, Carl Levin, Jon Corzine, Mark Pryor, Paul Sarbanes, Harry Reid, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christopher Dodd, Patrick Leahy, Barbara Boxer, Frank Lautenberg, Herb Kohl, Debbie Stabenow, Ron Wyden, Mark Dayton, Tim Johnson, Bill Nelson, Tom Harkin, Richard Durbin, Jack Reed, Russ Feingold, Ben Nelson, Byron Dorgan, and Maria Cantwell. On Wednesday, OPEC will meet in Vienna to decide wh… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer: Gaping Hole In Nyc Security - 25,000 Unscreened Cruise Ship Passengers To Disembark Just Steps From G.O.P. Convention

Standing at the New York City Passenger Ship Terminal on the West Side of Manhattan, US Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed today that while Federal officials are pushing to close Madison Square Garden and the James A. Farley Post Office during the summer's Republican National Convention, they refuse to install their highlytouted new "fingerscanners" at Manhattan's Passenger Ship Terminal to check foreign visitors against terrorist watch lists, even though the Terminal is jut b… Continue Reading


10.30.06

With Tax Day Rapidly Approaching, Schumer Provides Tax Tips That Could Save New Yorkers Thousands

With the April 15 deadline to file federal income taxes fast approaching, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today released a report projecting that almost 3.4 million New York households still have not yet filed their federal income taxes. To make tax season easier for New Yorkers and to help them get their maximum tax benefit, Schumer issued a new series of helpful hints for New Yorkers now available on Schumer's website at www.schumer.senate.gov. "Mention the date April 15 and almost an… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer: New Doj Grants Will Pay For Additional Officers In Local Schools

US Senator Charles Schumer, author of the 1994 Crime Bill, today announced that several New York school districts will receive federal grants under the bills Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. The money will be used to hire community police officers to be placed within the citys school system. Schumer said that grants worth $125,000 will go to Cortland, the Village of East Aurora and Ogdensburg to hire one officer each and $214,896 will go to Chenango County to hire two officer… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer Tells Gsa To Keep All Former Dulski Building Workers In Buffalo's Downtown Core

US Senator Charles Schumer today pressed the General Services Administration (GSA) to keep its commitment and retain Buffalo's 1,200 federal employees in the city's downtown core. GSA recently announced that it would expand its search area for a new Buffalo location to outside of downtown for employees being relocated from the Dulski Federal Building. Schumer said that keeping the jobs in downtown is vital for building the area into a thriving economic center for growth. "Downtown… Continue Reading


10.27.06

Schumer Unveils New "Us Homeland Security Signal Corps" So New York Cops, Firefighters & Emts Can Communicate At Terror Sites

Standing on a Manhattan block where FDNY Ladder and Engine Companies share a common wall with an NYPD precinct, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled a new proposal to create a new US Homeland Security Signal Corps a model program funded with $50 million from the Federal government to create a specialized regiment of police, firefighters, EMTs, and other emergency personnel whose only job is to guarantee that first responders can communicate with one another, headquarters and the public a… Continue Reading


10.27.06

Schumer: More Than $1.3 Million Coming To Local Police Departments For New Bulletproof Vests

US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that police departments across New York State have secured more than $1.3 million from the US Department of Justice's Bulletproof Vest Partnership, a program Schumer cosponsored that splits the cost of new body armor with localities. Over the last year, Schumer had repeatedly reached out to police departments statewide, urging them to apply for these funds and guiding them through application process. "This funding will ensure that the men… Continue Reading


10.27.06

Schumer: Save Program That Has Added Over 3,000 Cops To Upstate NY

The program that has added over 3,000 police officers to patrol Upstate New York since 1994 would be decimated if the Administration's current budget proposal is approved, US Senator Charles E. Schumer warned today. Schumer, one of the original authors of the 1994 legislation creating the COPS program, today urged Congress and the White House to save the program by restoring full funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant Program, which has sent upstate police departme… Continue Reading


10.27.06

Schumer: Second Corrections Official With Checkered Record Put In Power Position At Iraqi Prisons

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that a second prison official in Iraq has a troubling history of defending prisoner abuse and called on Attorney General John Ashcroft to immediately initiate an investigation of all crimes committed by civilian contractors in the Iraqi prison system. Schumer discovered that John Armstrong, was forced from his post as the head of Connecticuts corrections department for defending abuses of prisoners but now serves in a highranking management positi… Continue Reading


10.27.06

Us Senate Passes Schumer Sickle Cell Bill To Provide New Sickle Cell Research Center And 40 Local Clinics

US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the US Senate last night passed his legislation to increase research and improve treatment of Sickle Cell Disease. The bill, which Schumer cosponsored with Senator Jim Talent (RMO), was included in the the JumpStart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Bill that passed by a 92 to 5 vote late last night. This bill will provide a major boost for the health care of thousands of people. Thats why it won such broad and bipartisan support in a Senate where, frankly… Continue Reading


10.27.06

Justice Dept Agrees To Schumer's Parmalat Probe; Will Gauge How Sale Of Company Could Impact New York's Dairy Farmers

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the US Department of Justice has agreed to a request he made six weeks ago and has already launched an antitrust investigation into the proposed sale of milk giant Parmalat. Schumer had asked the Justice Department in late March to closely monitor the potential impact on New York farm prices of a sale of Parmalat to one of the existing large New York milk suppliers before approving any deal. Schumer was concerned that if Parmalat were sold to on… Continue Reading


10.27.06

Schumer: Parmalat Decision To Not Sell U.S. Assets Both Preserves Competition For Farmers And Helps Prevent Milk Price Hikes

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the danger of a single company controlling as much as 80 or 90 percent of the New York milk market now appears to be averted because Farmland Dairies and Parmalat USA announced that they would restructure their bankrupt American operations rather than sell the company to a competitor. Last week, the US Department of Justice revealed it had already launched an antitrust investigation Schumer had requested that was assessing the potential impact… Continue Reading


10.27.06

Schumer Gets "Green Bonds" For Destiny Mega-Mall Project In Syracuse Added To Senate Tax Bill

US Senator Charles Schumer today announced that he brokered a bipartisan arrangement that moves the DestinyNY megamall in Syracuse deal closer to completion. A measure that Schumer requested to place taxexempt "green bonds" that would help finance the project took a major step forward Wednesday night, as the Senate passed an amendment adding them to a pending international tax bill. "This is very good news for Destiny," Schumer said. "It bodes very well for green bonds… Continue Reading


10.27.06

Senators To HHS Secretary Thompson: Government Drug Price Negotiation Should Be Used More Broadly

Washington, DCU.S. Senators Tim Johnson (DSD) and Charles Schumer (DNY) today requested that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) work with Congress to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs in the Medicare program. The Senators urged Secretary Tommy G. Thompsons assistance in repealing language in the Medicare prescription drug benefit law that expressly prohibits the Secretary from negotiating lower drug prices. Secretary Thompson recently approved a plan that will allow … Continue Reading

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